Quote: Originally Posted by Goober90's ???
The longer we wait the worse it will become. Yes we are behind. The Feds were aware of this in the early
90's. Time to get moving I would say. And that is a Fed /Prov / Business role.
I was a member of a panel formed in Ontario and chaired by a previous premiere and Chancellor of the University of Guelph who'se purpose it was to determine what was the reasons for the shortage of skilled trades and what could be done to reverse this trend as immigration was no longer the resource pool to access at a moments notice to draw a few from! The chairperson's name at the time was George Drew!
Immigrants; the traditional pool from the British Isles and European countries had virtually dried up with a number of HR people on the panel having sent rep's over to entice certificated applicants for the machine trades through reimbursement of moving costs, guaranteed employment for a specified time, and even, in some cases, covering those real estate costs associated with searching and fianalizing a house purchase.
Think of the enormity of those concessions regarding the waiving of the traditional "probationary period" that has been the norm for generations and still exists today in nearly every work place in North America. These companies had actually sat with Unions in some cases getting an agreement hammered out that would see the waiving of those probationary periods for immigrants while optioning them to a degree for domestic hires; to wit;
1/ regular probationary period would be served for "home growns". 2/ current hires undergoing a probationary period would be considered finished, 3/entire probationary clause in collective agreement would be suspended for a period of time to encompass the "foreign hire period". These were all issues that would have affected the seniority of any still probationed versus just hired foreign worker leap frogging over him. Couldn't happen but some companies actually wondered "why the concern"?
You can well imagine the types of discussions these generated within the workplace with Union rep's screaming foul over the requirement for "home growns" to serve any probationary period at all in the future when that little item would be waived for folks from overseas that they had no idea if the credentials held were even genuine or not. Union rep's were bitterly slinging stuff like "since when would you regard the foreign workers to be acceptable in all facets of work habits while still demanding 'probation to determine' for Canadian journeymen?" They certainly had a point.
For my part; I stated ' on the record for the minute's that if "Canadian companies had placed the required value on active and prolific apprenticeship programs; they would have realized a return in both the numbers required to sustain business needs and also a respect for the graduate apprentice through observance and improvements to existing plans, where the general impression of foreign training being superior to ours would have dissappeared long ago"! and finished with "the very fact we're forced to convene a panel to discuss this topic should result in your everlasting shame". I know; over the top with hyperbole but I was much younger then.
Those meetings took place in the late 70's
It all came to nought as they couldn't entice foreign guys in any numbers to solve the shortage anyway!
Last edited by BruSan; Dec 27th, 2011 at 10:02 AM..